Ann Arbor Area July Events Round-Up

Jun 28, 2017

July is the month for outdoor festivals and fairs in Washtenaw County, so whether you’re interested in cars or art or Elvis, there’s likely a local event just for you. Check out all that’s on offer here, so you can start making plans.

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Manchester Fireworks. Watch the fireworks with family and friends at Carr Park (600 W. Main St. in Manchester) on Monday July 3. The Beer Tent opens at 8 p.m., with live music from local bands at 9 p.m. Fireworks start at dusk, usually around 10:15 p.m. 

18th Annual Michigan ElvisFest. This popular, nonprofit annual concert/festival will feature 10 award-winning, professional Elvis Tribute Artists (ETAs) performing with the Chicago-based Change of Habit Tribute Band. These ETAs, with the help of emcee Ronny Craig, will bring back memories of all the King’s different eras: the 50’s hip-shaking era, the Movie era, the ’68 Comeback era, and the Jumpsuit era. Add to that tributes to performers like The Blues Brothers, James Brown, and Tom Jones, as well as singers that bring back the memories of a time gone by, such as the WhatAbouts and T.J. Craven. Plus, there’s a classic car show, free kids’ activities, and great food and merchandise vendors, including great beers and micro beers. This year’s charity partners are Ypsilanti’s Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity. July 7-8 at Riverside Park, at 10 E. Cross St. in Ypsilanti. 

Rolling Sculpture Car Show. Bill Crispin Chevrolet and the Main Street Area Association present the 23rd Annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show on July 14 from 2-10 p.m; the event is free and open to the public. See more than 300 exotic, antique, classic, and one-of-a-kind cars on Main, Liberty, and Washington Streets in downtown Ann Arbor. Our Hot Rod DJ, Surfer Joe, will spin all of your favorite (and soon-to-be favorite) hot rod songs throughout the show. Plus, the Ann Arbor District Library will have family activities at their booth on Liberty Street, between Fourth and Fifth Ave. Awards, judged by Bill Crispin Chevrolet and other show sponsors, will be presented at 7 p.m. at the corner of Main and Liberty.

Saline Celtic Festival. Saline's celebration of its sister city (Brecon, Wales) features a kilt-wearing contest (Mr. Pretty Legs), a limerick contest, jousting, fencing, and sheep herding demos, food, beer, kids’ activities, and live Celtic music and dance on several stages. July 14-15 at Mill Pond Park in Saline. Parking available at Heritage and Woodland Meadows schools (Woodland Dr.) with a shuttle to the festival. July 14-15. Tickets $10 (youth ages 13-17, $5) in advance at and Saline City Hall (festival week only); $15 (seniors age 65 & over, $10; youth, $5; kids age 12 & under and active military personnel, free) at the gate.

64th Annual Manchester Chicken Broil. The Manchester Chicken Broil is organized and run entirely by volunteers from the Manchester community area, some of whom have served for decades. The processes are efficient and carefully timed to ensure a smooth flow of 12,000 dinners in four hours (about one meal every second). July 20 from 4-8 p.m. at Alumni Memorial Field in Manchester.

Ann Arbor Art Fair. For more than 50 years, artists have flocked to the streets of downtown Ann Arbor in July to exhibit at the Ann Arbor Art Fair (which is composed of four different fairs). Each year, artists display their latest work and engage the imaginations of more than 500,000 annual visitors. The varied parts of the fair fit together to form an amazing impression, full of sound and color and mystery and drama. July 20-23 around downtown Ann Arbor and U-M’s central campus. Free.

Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival. The 20th Annual Michigan Brewers Guild's Summer Beer Festival is the largest Michigan-only beer festival in the state. With over 100 Michigan breweries participating, guests have more than 1,000 different MIchigan-made craft beers to choose from. Fifteen sampling tokens are included in the price of a ticket, and additional tokens are for sale at the event for just 50 cents. Food will be also available for purchase inside the festival, and guests will enjoy live music from a variety of Michigan bands. July 21 (5-9 p.m.) and 22 (1-6 p.m.) at Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park. $40-$45 ($5 for designated drivers).

Chelsea Sounds & Sights Festival. The two-day, three-night festival features live music and social tent, indie art market, kids’ entertainment and activities, a classic car show, and much more. Each year features exciting changes and annual favorites that keep people coming back again and again. All performances and activities are held  in downtown Chelsea, Michigan. 

Playing through August 26
Purple Rose Theatre Company
137 Park St., Chelsea
8 p.m. (Thursdays-Saturdays), 3 p.m. (Wednesdays and Saturdays), and 2 p.m. (Sundays)

July 1
Ira Glass: “7 Things I’ve Learned”
Ann Arbor Summer Festival (Main Stage series)
Power Center
121 Fletcher, Ann Arbor
8 p.m.
Tickets start at $50

July 1-2
26th Annual Camaro Superfest 2017
Riverside Park
Ypsilanti, MI
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

July 4
Annual 4th of July Chicken BBQ
American Legion Post #31
1700 Ridge Rd. in Chelsea
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

July 4
Capitol Steps
Ann Arbor Summer Festival (Main Stage series)
Power Center
121 Fletcher, Ann Arbor
4 p.m.
Tickets start at $40

July 8
41st Annual One Helluva Ride
Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society
Chelsea Fairgrounds
Old U.S.-12 at Manchester Rd. in Chelsea
6:45-10 a.m. start times
Registration fees from free to $35

July 9
Monster Ann Arbor Record & CD Collectors Show
Weber’s Inn
3050 Jackson Rd.
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

July 11-15
73rd Annual Manchester Community Fair
Alumni Memorial Field
At Vernon & Wolverine in Manchester
Admission $5-$9; rides wristband, $18; fair passes, $18-$25

July 11
Squirrel Nut Zippers
The Ark
316 S. Main in Ann Arbor
8 p.m.

July 13-29
Peter and the Starcatcher” Penny Seats Theatre Company
West Park band shell
215 Chapin in Ann Arbor
8 p.m.

July 14
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
The Ark
316 S. Main in Ann Arbor
8 p.m.

July 15
Spring Awakening
Ann Arbor in Concert
Power Center
121 Fletcher in Ann Arbor
8 p.m.
Ticket info at

July 17
Townie Party
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair
N. University and Ingalls Mall
5-9:30 p.m.

July 18
Billy Bragg
Talk presented by Literati Bookstore and the Ark
The Ark, 316 S. Main in Ann Arbor
7 p.m.
$35 (includes copy of Bragg’s new book)

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